§ 8. Mr. Remnant
asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation why a copy of his letter to Captain Thain dated 12th March, 1959, was sent by his Department to the pilot's employers.
§ Mr. Remnant
Does not my hon. Friend agree that a pilot's licence is a matter of direct concern between the pilot and the Minister? Will he make inquiries to confirm views, subsequent to those of the Minister a few weeks ago, that this would not prejudice the pilot's case? The public does not agree with that view and will he take the public attitude as a guide to his future conduct in such matters?
§ Mr. Hay
My hon. Friend perhaps forgets for the moment that the Minister is responsible for the air Corporations, including British European Airways, who are obviously extremely concerned with the findings of this Report. As my hon. Friend will also know, we are setting up a special reviewing body, about which there is a later Question, to look into all the representations which Captain Thain has made.
§ Mr. Beswick
Is the hon. Gentleman aware that he is quite wrong in introducing the Department into the matter as, as he put it, a part employer through the Corporations? The question of certification of a pilot is a direct relationship between the pilot himself and the Department. Although it is of concern to the Corporation as to whether a pilot holds a certificate, any doubts which the Department may have in the meantime are not matters which should concern the Corporation.